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W3C Weekly News - 11 February 2004

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Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 09:41:17 -0500
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                             W3C Weekly News

                      5 February - 11 February 2004

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RDF and OWL Are W3C Recommendations

   The World Wide Web Consortium released the Resource Description
   Framework (RDF) and the OWL Web Ontology Language (OWL) as W3C
   Recommendations. RDF is used to represent information and to exchange
   knowledge in the Web. OWL is used to publish and share sets of terms
   called ontologies, supporting advanced Web search, software agents
   and knowledge management. Read the press release and testimonials and
   visit the Semantic Web home page.


   The Resource Description Framework (RDF):

   * "RDF/XML Syntax Specification (Revised)"
     Update for XML, namespaces, the Infoset, and XML Base

   * "RDF Vocabulary Description Language 1.0: RDF Schema"
     Describes how to use RDF to build RDF vocabularies. Defines a basic
     vocabulary and conventions for use by Semantic Web applications

   * "RDF Semantics"
     Formal mathematical theory for reasoning about RDF data

   * "RDF Primer"
     An introduction for all readers

   * "RDF Test Cases"
     Machine-processable test cases

   * "Resource Description Framework (RDF): Concepts and Abstract Syntax"
     Syntax, design goals, concepts, the meaning of RDF documents,
     character normalization and handling of URI references

   The OWL Web Ontology Language:

   * OWL "Overview"
     A simple introduction

   * OWL "Guide"
     Demonstrates OWL through an extended example. Provides a glossary

   * OWL "Reference"
     A compact, informal description of OWL modelling primitives

   * OWL "Semantics and Abstract Syntax"
     Normative definition of the OWL language

   * OWL "Test Cases"
     Test cases illustrating correct OWL usage, the formal meaning
     of constructs, and resolution of issues. Specifies conformance

   * OWL "Use Cases and Requirements"
     Usage scenarios, goals and requirements for a Web ontology language

Web Accessibility Initiative: Best Practices Training in Madrid, Spain

   The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) held a two day Best
   Practices Exchange Training on 9-10 February in Madrid, Spain as part
   of the WAI-TIES Project. The training covered resources for managers,
   developers, policy makers and others; panels and presentations;
   directions for developing accessible tables, forms, images,
   applications and scripts; and a showcase of accessible Web pages.
   Fundosa Teleservicios hosted the event. Read the press release and
   more about the Web Accessibility Initiative.


DOM Level 3 Core & Load and Save Are W3C Proposed Recommendations

   W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of two Document Object
   Model (DOM) specifications to Proposed Recommendations. Comments are
   welcome through 5 March. With "DOM Level 3 Core," software developers
   and script authors manipulate the content, structure and style of Web
   documents. "DOM Level 3 Load and Save" allows programs and scripts to
   load, serialize and filter document contents. Visit the DOM home page.


XML-Binary Packaging and SOAP Transmission Optimization Working Drafts

   The XML Protocol Working Group has released the First Public Working
   Draft of "XML-binary Optimized Packaging" (XOP). XOP allows efficient
   serializing of certain types of XQuery and XPath 2.0 element content.
   Based on XOP, the group also published an updated Working Draft of
   the "SOAP Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism" for improving
   SOAP performance. Visit the Web services home page.


W3C Talks in February (continued)

   * Daniel Weitzner moderates a panel at the 4th Annual Privacy
     & Security Summit & Expo in Washington, DC, USA on 18 February.

   * Ivan Herman presents at the Semantics and Metadata Workshop in
     Budapest, Hungary on 26 February. The event is sponsored by the
     W3C Hungarian Office, MTA SZTAKI, and the National Digital Archive
     Programme in Hungary.

   * Daniel Weitzner speaks at the ITU Workshop on Internet Governance
     in Geneva, Switzerland on 26-27 February.

   Browse upcoming W3C appearances and events, also available as
   an RSS channel.


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